Discussion in 'Ride Reports & Photos' started by murph, Oct 28, 2013.
Nice bike Mike!
My '82 R65 LS autographed by Hans Muth, the original designer from BMW at the 40th anniversary rally last year.
Got out yesterday for a little Canada Day ride. Just went to one road ride to the end of, nice little spin. I gotta say this bike is a joy to ride.
the perennial favourite
Took a run to Brighton and Miles Cove yesterday
Pic of a friends air BNB in Miles Cove
Great looking bike Skibum, I have a lot of love for the boxer. Have you done any maintenance on it? Looks like you don't even have to remove the rear wheel to replace the final drive fluid. that and the transmission gear oil are so easy to do and cheap insurance so you don'r end up in the bike abandonment thread
Hey Tony, This was the bike I lusted after for many years although it did take a little while to warm up to the red. The missus says it looks like a mail order bride.
I have yet to do anything on this bike. The rear wheel nuts are a little rusty so thinking of removing them to clean them up and paint them black. Not very many miles on it since it was stored at the Toy Box and full service done.
The red is the same as my F650GS was. One of the best looking colors in my opinion, especially with the pillion seat cover. I believe the plastic parts are all molded out of red plastic versus black plastic with red paint. If you were to get a rub from a strap or a scratch, it won't show up hardly at all. I can't tell with the front fairing but does this model have the telelever front suspension?
I'd like to stay with a touring boxer but migrate away from the tele lever front. That likely rules out the R9T variants unless I could line up a three day demo to assess it's touring potential and that's not gonna happen.
Here's an interesting concept presented by a vlogger who reminds me of "The Count" from Sesame Street:
Ummm, none of the R Nine T variants have the tele-lever front? USD on the R Nine T and conventional forks on the others, including the 2015+ R1250R LC.
Yes I believe it is a telelever front. Makes swapping the bars to above the triple clamp super easy except I need longer brake lines.
The tangerine and silver checkerboard paint scheme was super nice.
The R9T's I've seen on line have had conventional non adjustable forks. Been keeping a casual eye out for an air/oil cooled R1200R with adjustable conventional forks but nada. Chain find drive would seal the deal. Seriously, haven't spent much time on BMW sites but from what I've seen it looks like they basically dropped the tele lever front when they went to liquid cooled R models. Not kidding about the final chain drive tho. LOL
Big 3km ride from storage unit to condo today...
Rode around the loop to Victoria on the R65 yesterday, no kill switch issues this time.
Took the R80 GS on a run yesterday from Port Rexton down the 230 as far as Shoal Harbour then doubled back into Burgoynes Cove to where the Resource Road begins . Explored a few branch roads in there ( I'm not able to load the maps on my ancient GPS anymore- so in reality I got lost ) and then was nicely deposited back on the 230 after a couple hours of really nice riding in the woods.Put about 160 km on the clock but 50 k of that was off road..beautiful country back up in them hills. It was extensively logged many years ago but now everything is grown back over and all is very lush and green .Very ,very quiet as well ..saw only one other human on the trails. I'll go back again soon with a tent - lotsa good spots for the Stealth Camping .
That road looks like this
Last week I took the TW on the rail bed from PR as far as Catalina - about 32 kms off road. Great fun , and the trail is in fairly good shape . Long stretches of high, open country . Some sections resemble a dry river bed where the water runs during the Spring thaw but the TW eats it up with no trouble . And miles of whoop de doos..(Is that the same as a "yes ma'am referred to by Relic ? ) Only tricky bit was a river crossing where a Trestle washed out during Igor and that found me wet up over my knees.. I need to start off again in Catalina and see if I can get all the way to Bonavista -will stop and ask one of the local 4 wheelers i'm thinking..
It was on this run that I had the unparalleled experience of riding through swarms of Dragonflies with an open face helmet..probably one of the more unpleasant face coatings that I can recall .The only thing I can compare it to would be several years ago when I followed a friend through a field of hundreds, if not thousands, of large butterflies in St Philips which was sad and funny and sticky all at the same time ..
Day before yesterday I took the TW down into English Harbour and out to the lighthouse station , also known as Horse Chops Road..you could get a bigger bike all the way out to the gate but after that it gets pretty loose under the tires.. stunning scenery . Also another good spot to camp and the Brewery crowd don't seem to have figured that out yet...
That road looks like this ..
Finally got the bike registered and insured. Quick run to Marble Mountain
Ran the 1100 to Winterton for grass seed and eye hooks then back up the road to Old pelican to pick up a prescription for the missus as a test ride to see how it felt wearing my Klim Adventure suit on that bike. Pretty comfy except the seat is a little slippery. I may wear that on my little trip next week.
Took a day run to Northern Arm today. Hit 32 degree temps. Hot with the gear on.
First time past Botwood for me.... And last time... Lol... Aside from Leading Tickles... Nothing terribly exciting. Roads aren't very good... Potholes and bumps..
9.5 hours and 800kms later... Phew. Glad to be back sipping on a cool one.
I didn't pass you today from South Brook headed east.
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